Senate Tax Reform Bill Gets Mixed Reaction from Farm Groups

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Senate Tax Reform Bill Gets Mixed Reaction from Farm Groups The Senate Tax Reform Bill, passed over the weekend, is getting mixed reaction by agricultural interests. Several of the provisions in the bill are key points for which farmers have been asking. The American Farm Bureau Federation had a mostly favorable reaction to the legislation. “We applaud the Senate’s commitment to key tax provisions farm and ranch businesses depend on, such as immediate expensing, business interest deduction, and cash accounting,” said  Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.  “While we also had hoped to see the estate tax finally put to death, increasing the exemption should bring relief for many farm and ranch families looking to preserve their agricultural legacy.” Duvall added that Farm Bureau looks forward to the Senate and House reconciling the differences between their respective versions in conference to achieve a final tax reform package that addresses the needs and concerns of farmers and ranchers and boosts economic growth in rural America.The National Council of Farmer Co-ops expressed disappointment over the Senate’s failure to extend the 199 deduction. “It is deeply unfortunate that the Senate failed to include continuation of the Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD), also known as the Section 199 deduction, for agriculture in their tax reform bill,” said NCFC president Chuck Conner. “This action creates tremendous uncertainty as farmers plan for the coming year, and they will need to quickly assess the impact of this legislation with their accountants and lenders.” In a statement released on Saturday, Conner added,  “As the House and Senate work to reconcile their tax bills in the coming days, we look forward to working with Senators Roberts and Thune, as well as other supporters on the conference committee, to improve on the Senate provisions to ensure to ensure that the final bill does not raises taxes on farmers and their co-ops.”“Farm Bureau urged lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to support the bill. We now look to Congressional leaders to reconcile differences between the House and Senate passed version and maintain key provisions critical to Michigan agriculture,” said Michigan Farm Bureau’s National Legislative Counsel John Kran. “Tax Reform has been a top priority for Michigan Farm Bureau for decades. We’re glad to see we are one step closer to it becoming a reality.”Source: HAT By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 4, 2017 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleCommentary: From Grain Bin to Fuel TankNext articleMcKinney Keeping Tabs on Trade with Panama and Colombia Hoosier Ag Today Senate Tax Reform Bill Gets Mixed Reaction from Farm Groups Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Prejudice and violence against people with albinism: An international concern

first_imgIndividuals with albinism face discrimination in societies around the world. Reports of attacks and mutilation occur daily, with thousands of albinos living under threat or at risk. The Harvard Foundation will host a panel discussion and photo exhibition, “Prejudice and Violence against People with Albinism: An International Concern,” on Thu., Oct. 28, and Fri., Oct. 29, to bring attention to this worldwide issue. The panel discussion will be taped and made available to other colleges and organizations around the world.“The Harvard Foundation is pleased to conduct a program on prejudice and violence against albinos,” said S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation. “It is one of the last unchallenged and unattended prejudices on earth, and we hope to enlightenment people about this bias and mistreatment, and bring about greater understanding and protection of persons with albinism. We are pleased that our students with albinism are taking an active part in this important program.”The panel discussion will take place on Thu., Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, in Harvard Yard. Rick Guidotti’s photos of persons with albinism from around the world will be on display in the Harvard University Science Center Arcade on Oct. 28 and 29. Both events are free and open to the public.last_img read more

Zambian singer Chama Fumba arrested over song that ‘mocks’ President Lungu

first_imgMusician Chama Fumba, alias Pilato, has been arrested for conduct likely to cause the breach of peace. Mr Fumba arrived at Lusaka Central Police station around 11:15 hours yesterday in the company of his lawyers, Marshal Mucende and Kabesha Mulilo ahead of interrogations.The song in question is a remix of the legendary Nashil Pischen Kazembe’s Aphiri Anabwela, but featuring Pilato’s lyrics which call President Lungu “a drunk,” among several other ‘insults’.He was questioned for close to an hour before a warn and caution statement was recorded from him and an arrest effected. Lusaka Province police chief Charity Katanga said Mr Fumba was charged with conduct likely to cause the breach of peace. “Yes, I can confirm that Fumba ,31, has been arrested and detained by police following summons issued to him, for now he would be detained in custody until he meets the bond conditions,” Ms Katanga said.Mr Fumba was detained in connection with the production of a song entitled, ALungu Anabwela, alleged to have defamed President Edgar Lungu and vexed some sections of the public.Fumba faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison or a fine if found guilty. read more